With files from Steve Daniel – CFL Head Statistician
TORONTO -- The road to the post-season continues into Week 12, where a full slate of inter-divisional matchups takes centre stage across the nation.
The action got underway on Friday night in Calgary, where the Stampeders notched a thrilling victory over the Tiger-Cats, remaining perfect at home in the process.
Saturday featured a double-header, with the Eskimos earning a hard-fought win over the Bombers, while the Argonauts overcame another late-game deficit to down the Riders.
The weekend comes to a close Sunday in BC, where Travis Lulay and the Lions welcome rookie pivot Tanner Marsh and the Montreal Alouettes to BC Place Stadium.
Equipped with the most up-to-date storylines, roster moves, stats, milestones and trends, enjoy this week's CFL.ca Game Notes.
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Friday, 9:00 pm ET: Tiger-Cats at Stampeders (CGY 26, HAM 22)
Saturday, 6:30 pm ET: Blue Bombers at Eskimos (EDM 25, WPG 7)
Saturday, 9:30 pm ET: Argonauts at Roughriders (TOR 31, SSK 29)
Sunday, 4:30 pm ET: Alouettes at Lions
By the Numbers:
Interceptions: The CFL record for fewest interceptions was set in 2012 with just 137 in 72 games. That’s one in every 35 pass attempts and well above the long-term rate since 1954 of one in every 21 passes.
In 2013 there have been only 70 interceptions in 2,564 pass attempts for a 2.73% mark or 1 in every 37 passes. That is on pace for 126 across the league in 2013, a drop of 11 from 2012 which is the existing all-time record low already.
Comparing that pace to 2000 (180) it would be a drop off of 54 interceptions in an 8-team league, 43% more than in 2013.
Two clubs (Edmonton & Hamilton) are on pace for their lowest-ever total of 9 in one year while Winnipeg is on track for just 13, three more than their historic lowest total of 10.
On the offensive side, three clubs are on pace for their lowest-ever total of interceptions thrown.
Paul McCallum 300 games: In CFL history, only 6 players have ever recorded 300 or more regular season games played. Paul McCallum of the BC Lions should make it 7 this week and move closer to Paul Osbaldiston who sits at #6 with 304.
The all-time leaders:
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1. Lui Passaglia 408
2. Bob Cameron 394
3. Damon Allen 370
4. Anthony Calvillo 329
5. Miles Gorrell 321.
In addition to his games played milestone, Paul can reach the 2,800 points mark for his 21-year CFL career with another 3 points this week at home to Montreal.
Should Paul play the rest of this season and all or most of next year, he can at his present rate become the league’s #2 all-time scorer, leaving BC Lions players in the #1 and #2 spots.
Fewest Turnovers Record: The CFL record for fewest turnovers in a season was set by BC in 2012 with just 23. This season the Riders and Stamps have only 14 turnovers and are on pace for just 25 in total in 2013.
Geroy Simon: With 18 receptions for 272 yards thus far, Geroy Simon is now just 10 catches away from tying Ben Cahoon’s all-time record total of 1,017.
His 100-yard game earlier was the 63rd of his career which puts him just one back of all-time leader, Calgary’s Allen Pitts who had 64 from 1990 to 2000. Also, Geroy’s current reception streak has reached 180 games.
Kory Sheets: After 10 games Kory Sheets has 1,214 rushing yards which is the highest total any CFL player has ever accumulated to this point of any season.
He is on pace for 2,185 yards and needs to average 106.5 yards to surpass the CFL record of 2,065 set by Mike Pringle in 1998. Pringle had 1,110 yards after 10 games in 1998.
For the yards from scrimmage record, Sheets has 1,426 thus far on pace for 2,567 and still ahead of the 2,414 yard record set by Pringle in 1994 and 1998.
Chris Milo: Milo continues his own amazing FG streak at 27 through the first 10 games, having not missed in 2013. His consecutive FG made streak now ranks #4 all-time and is within 12 of Rene Paredes’ record run of 39 that end earlier this season.
Henry Burris: In the first game of this week Burris will be making his 179th career CFL start (95-80-3) and has 49,783 career passing yards. He needs just 217 more to reach 50,000 for his career (this is the correct total and supersedes that on CFL.ca which is missing one yard from a game in 2008).
Only four players have ever reached 50,000 passing yards. He has also gotten to within 103 yards of the 5,000 mark for career rushing – he is the CFL’s active leader.
Fred Stamps: Stamps needs just 107 yards to go over the 7,000 mark for his career – he is already #48 all-time with 6,893 yards after just six and a half seasons and 97 games played. After his first 97 games, all-time leader Geroy Simon had 6,585 yards.
Darian Durant and Travis Lulay: Durant has now reached 20,884 passing yards, just 116 short of becoming the 31st player to reach 21,000 for his career. Lulay, meanwhile, now has 14,562 passing yards and is within 438 of the 15,000 yard mark, a total reached by just 46 players in the 64 seasons since yardage statistics have been kept individually.
In the last four years, Durant and Lulay have a combined three Grey Cup appearances as starters.
For the second-straight week, the Calgary Stampeders will go with Bo Levi Mitchell under centre, as both Drew Tate and Kevin Glenn remain below 100%.
In Edmonton, receiver Cary Koch is currently listed as doubtful for their Saturday afternoon tilt with the Bombers.
The Alouettes will be without RB Brandon Whitaker for the foreseeable future, as the team put him on the 9-game injured list. Jerome Messam will slot in his place once again.
Arguably the most significant roster move of the week could potentially come from Toronto, as Chad Kackert could make his return to the lineup after missing the last several weeks with a knee injury.
More roster moves to come throughout the week.